- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

MOUNT NEBO, Md. (AP) - Maryland is increasing the number of bear hunting permits for this fall after expanding the hunting zone for the animals.

The Cumberland Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/29wrPet) Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service spokesman Harry Spiker said Thursday that the number of permits will jump from 500 to 750 for this year’s season, which lasts from Oct. 24-27.

Spiker says Washington and Frederick counties are joining Garrett and Allegany counties as hunting zones due to the bear population growth.

He says the two new counties have locally concentrated black bear populations.

The agency will establish a bear check-in station near the Washington/Frederick county line and continue to operate stations in Alleghany County and Garrett County.

Hunters may choose to hunt anywhere they have legal access within the four counties.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, https://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html

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